I would consider myself a reader as well as a true crime lover. If I’m not reading a suspenseful book, I’m listening to Crime Junkie, or My Favorite Murder episodes on repeat. So, I thought it was only fitting to combine my two loves and give you a few thriller book recommendations for to add to your summer reading list.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
From the creator of Gone Girl, comes the beautifully written Dark Places. The name is quite fitting, as this read is a little on the darker side of suspenseful reads. This story follows Libby Day as she attempts to solve the murder of her mother and two sisters. Her older brother Ben is charged with the massacre, but Libby begins to wonder if she remembers that night correctly after all these years. As Libby gets closer to the truth, she finds that she may be putting herself in danger yet again.
I personally am a sucker for anything written by Gillian Flynn and this book was no exception. Dark Places takes suspense and horror to a new level and you won’t believe the ending. I highly recommend this book for any thriller lover that can handle some dark twists and turns in their reading.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
A similar theme to The Girl on the Train, this book highlights Anna Fox, who seems to see something she shouldn’t have. Anna suffers from agoraphobia, meaning she is terrified to leave her house and vicariously lives through her neighbors. One day while watching her neighbors across the street, she is convinced she has witnessed a crime. Not only do the police not believe her, they don’t believe the person she saw even exists.
I picked up The Woman in the Window on a whim at a thrift store and I’m so glad I did. This book will not only make you question the main character, but it will also make your question your own ideas about how it ends. If you loved The Girl on the Train, this one is for you.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The Silent Patient follows the story of Alicia Berenson, a young girl who ends up in a mental institute after her husband is killed. The only witness is Alicia, but there’s one problem: she won’t speak. Her unique reaction to her husband’s death gains the attention of the media and her therapist Theo. As Theo learns more about Alicia, he becomes increasingly obsessed with finding her motive, but will her tragedy become his as well?
I would describe The Silent Patient as a slow burn. It took a little bit of time to get into the main story line, but once you do, you’re hooked. I will most definitely be looking out for more writing by Alex Michaelides and you should too.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
This suspenseful read is told by eleven different characters that each provide a different point of view on the story. Jules Abbott returns to her home town after the explained death of her sister Nel in a pool below a cliff. Everyone seems to be keeping secrets and they’re slowing realizing that they didn’t really know Nel.
Into the Water has mixed reviews online solely for the eleven different characters that tell the story in a similar tone of voice, but I’m so glad I didn’t let this deter me. You will fall in love with every single character that Paula Hawkins creates.
I love to read and I hope this helped inspire some of you to not only read more, but check out some of these thrillers I’ve come to love. Until next time. -Shelby xoxo
Check out some of my other book recommendations here: https://abrunetteandablonde.com/2021/01/16/join-the-book-club-shelby/